On a day like today, exactly 40 years ago, an arcade game called Donkey Kong. In 1981, Nintendo was another kind of company that made games only for arcades, and the creator of this particular title, Shigeru Miyamoto, had yet to design his ultimate work.
However, Donkey kong was the starting point for that Miyamoto universe that would expand with Super Mario Bros. years later. And for a few years, the gorilla inspired by King kong it would go into the background, until in the 90s it would return to the ring thanks to the trilogy created by Rare.
In four decades, Donkey kong is a saga with more than 30 appearances in games of various platforms or genres. Therefore, below a small list with the top 3 games of Donkey Kong, from its first incarnation to the most modern.
From the original saga, Donkey Kong Jr. it is perhaps the purest version of the initial schema. On the one hand, it had certain advances compared to the first in terms of playability and design. On the other hand, it was the only sequel that more or less kept the scheme, since Donkey Kong 3 it took away some of the relevance of the platforms.
Donkey Kong Jr. He also changed the protagonist and it was no longer Mario (or Jumpman) who was in charge of rescuing the princess, but rather the son of Donkey kong he had to rescue the protagonist from Mario’s clutches. This little twist means the only time Mario has been the antagonist of any game.
If you have never played a Donkey kong of the oldest, this may be the best candidate to start.
The first Donkey Kong Country It was the revolution, but the second was the one that exploited the concept and took it to its highest form. As in Donkey Kong Jr, It is the task of the little Kong to rescue the older one, but no longer by climbing static levels but by traveling through a complete volcano divided into dozens of levels with an impeccable design.
Donkey Kong Country 2 It is by far the most complete game in the Rare saga. Not only because of the staging, but also because of the remarkable technological work of the time and because of the soundtrack that 25 years later continues to sound as good as it did in its time. If the Super Nintendo was still in force in 1995 it was largely thanks to Donkey Kong Country 2, It simply had no simile on more powerful consoles.
Almost two decades after the Rare games, Nintendo revived the saga Country, but now at the hands of Retro Studios. And the result of that was Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze for Wii U and Switch. And particularly the latter is the one that lives up to the Rare games.
Tropical Freeze It has a practically perfect level design and a difficulty that even the most veteran can cause problems. Retro Studios made some modifications to the game’s character scheme – now Diddy, Dixie and Cranky are just helpers and not controllable – which at first feel a bit strange but are a success in the long run.
What’s more, Tropical Freeze features David Wise again on the soundtrack, bringing back some familiar tunes from the ’90s. Without a doubt, this game represents the culminating version of what a Donkey kong of the modern era.
This is simply a personal preference: recognizing that the second is the best game in the Rare trilogy, Donkey Kong Country 3 It is the game that I like the most of all.